Can What You Eat Really Help Prevent Wrinkles?

21st March, 2013 - Posted by Victoria Girard - 15 Comments

How to prevent wrinkles

You know how important it is to eat healthy for your health and weight, but can the foods you put in your body really help prevent wrinkles from forming? Researchers in Sweden and the U.S. have looked at just that and have presented some pretty interesting results.

In one study they looked at a Swedish population aged 70 and up researching if there was a link between diet and wrinkles. They discovered that the subjects who ate more vegetables, legumes, and monounsaturated fat (olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil. Other sources include avocados, peanut butter, and many nuts and seeds) had far less skin wrinkling. They also found that those who consumed less milk and dairy products, butter, margarine, and sugar had less wrinkling as well.

Another study was conducted in the U.S. and looked at a group of middle aged women who consumed more vitamin C had less of a chance of developing wrinkles. Those women that also consumed more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains showed less thinning of the skin with less dryness.

Now, those who consumed more fat, sugar, and carbohydrates significantly increased the chances of developing more wrinkles and thinning skin.

Based on these two studies it looks like the foods you put in your body play a vital role in the development of wrinkles.

 

Eat more:

  • Antioxidant and vitamin C rich foods
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Mon saturated foods (olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, avocados, peanut butter, and many nuts and seeds)

fruits and vegetables

Eat less of:

  • Cookies, cakes, pies
  • Breads
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Fructose

Muffins

I’m sure many of the suggestions don’t come as a shock, but maybe a gentle reminder of how important it is to eat healthy foods that benefit your health as well as the appearance of your skin. Preventing wrinkles and even repairing existing ones begins with what you put in your body, but is greatly enhanced with the things you apply to the surface of your skin as well.

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15 Comments

Lee

March 22nd, 2013 at 3:57 pm    


Hi
I would struggle with cutting out a lot of my milk cheese and butter. I do eat a fair bit of fruit and eg so maybe I should concentrate on eating more of them or is that just a cop out.

Great advice lee

Victoria

March 23rd, 2013 at 12:24 pm    


Lee, I struggle limiting my cheese and butter as well :) I don’t think it’s a cop out to concentrate on eating more healthy foods. You have to eat in a way that you will stay consistent with and feel good doing. Adding more healthy foods and limiting but not eliminating unhealthy ones is still so much better than just eating only unhealthy foods.

richa

March 29th, 2013 at 4:31 am    


This is interesting…But what you are not required to eat are the things that entice you the most :P…..Thanks for sharing, Victoria.

Jessica

April 17th, 2013 at 5:01 pm    


Victoria, this is really interesting and it sounds like a great healthy plan to go by!
I have one question though, is it okay to eat fresh meat?

Victoria

April 18th, 2013 at 3:05 pm    


I’m glad it was helpful Jessica. Being a vegetarian I don’t recommend a diet with a lot of meat (the more plants you can eat the better:) However, if you are going to eat meat try to stick with organic selections.

Elaine Watson

April 28th, 2013 at 4:42 pm    


I’m from the south, so I can’t give up butter! Good tips for a skin-healthy diet. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, too. Also, use a natural high-quality skin moisturizer daily.

Victoria

April 29th, 2013 at 1:52 pm    


If you try to tip the scales with positive healthy choices and limit those unhealthy ones it will definitely help.

Michael Gierza

May 1st, 2013 at 7:27 pm    


Well, reducing amount of mentioned foods maybe difficult. For me, first thing is those foods are my favorite. Also, most of them gives essential nutrients. Maybe, slowly and surely I can adjust myself into it.

Victoria

May 5th, 2013 at 5:23 pm    


It can be very challenging to alter what you eat Michael, but if you are willing to be persistent in order to gain healthier skin the payoff will be well worth the sacrifice.

Mitchel Reverra

May 31st, 2013 at 9:18 pm    


Victoria, this is really interesting and it sounds like a great healthy plan to go by!
I have one question though, is it okay to eat fresh meat?

Victoria

June 3rd, 2013 at 3:52 pm    


Thanks for stopping by Mitchel. I really recommend a plant based diet, but if you are a meat eater (like my husband :) ) then I would suggest that you do your best to eat organic meat.

Eric Berg

June 3rd, 2013 at 9:50 pm    


Your are what you eat and how you eat.

Victoria

June 5th, 2013 at 8:35 am    


Exactly Eric :)

Nicola

August 9th, 2013 at 2:30 pm    


I’ve always thought that ‘eating’ Aloe (yes it’s possible to buy it in some Asian shops) would result in my having fewer wrinkles. Well it makes my skin shine so it’s a good effect one way or the other!

Victoria Girard

August 13th, 2013 at 2:47 pm    


That’s great Nicola! Aloe is so good for you :)

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